ERIC Number: ED381539
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Oct-13
Reference Count: N/A
Early Field Experience: How Well Are Students' Expectations Met?
Rekkas, Alexandria J.
This study examined preservice teachers' expectations of their field experiences and how those expectations were met. The study population included primarily college sophomores who were either elementary or secondary education majors at a medium-sized university. An expectation checklist was given to 110 students prior to the field experience at the first seminar meeting of a required course for sophomore level participation (108 responses were usable). The Post-Experience Checklist was given to 85 students from the initial population 8 weeks later after students had participated for 40 hours in an elementary or secondary classroom (81 responses were useable). In addition 15 students (12 females and 3 males) volunteered to be interviewed. Results indicated that students held high expectations for early field experience and that those expectations were moderately met. Age, reason for wanting to become a teacher, and prior experience with children were found to be significant variables in the level of expectations and the degree to which expectations were met. Nontraditional students tended to have lower expectations of the field experience and their expectations were better met than those of traditional students. Interview results showed that interaction with the children and the cooperating teacher were the reasons why their expectations were met. (Contains 16 references.) (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Preservice Teachers
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, October 13, 1994).